The National Transportation Safety Board reported on the sinking of the salmon tender Moonlight Maid.
The boat was transiting from Seward to Kodiak in heavy seas on Sept. 20, 2012, when she ‘sprung a plank and began flooding,’ the report says. The crew of four abandoned ship into a life raft, and a U.S. Coast Guard helicopter hoisted them to safety.
The NTSB report says ‘inadequate maintenance of the aging wooden vessel,’ a former Navy subchaser built in 1942, contributed to the hull failure.
Moonlight Maid sank about 2100-2130 Alaska daylight time (UTC – 8 hours)
No injuries were reported. Vessel loss,is estimated at about $400,000 No sheen reported or sighted from the est. 2,500 gallons marine diesel fuel on board Conditions were cloudy skies, light rain and blowing spray, winds south to southeast 10 to 25 knots, air temperature about 50°F, water temperature 50°F, south swell with significant wave heights 9-12.5 ft